Interview: CJ Jacobson

Favorite dishes and lessons learned with the enterprising chef

by Vivianne Lapointe A former volleyball player, cancer survivor and Top Chef alum, Chef CJ Jacobson has been around the world twice and lived many lives. Shortly after coming back from an apprenticeship at Denmark’s Noma—owner of two Michelin stars and three “best restaurant in the world” titles—he now embarks on a new journey in his hometown of Los Angeles. There Jacobson finds himself collaborating …

Chai Now

Tipu's latest micro-ground mix

Generally skeptical of the western appropriation of Indian traditions, we do find the occasional diamond in the rough. The self-billed “chai snobs” at Tipu’s recently introduced Chai Now, a fully loaded chai latte that stacks up nicely to their already stellar selection. Building off of their successful Microground Instant Black Chai, Chai Now adds non-GMO soy powder and evaporated cane juice to the instant mix. …

Bitters

Two outstanding bitters options for excellent cocktails

Nothing soothes the soul in the frigid winter months like a properly composed cocktail. Even if you are lucky enough to reside in a warmer climate it is essential to have the right ingredients on hand when mixing your elixir. The strategic use of a good bitter can make a delicious spirit really sing, and, after scouting the scene for the past few months, we …